Potash Road Drive

Moab, Utah

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Dinosaur tracks, American Indian rock-art sites and an arch (Jug Handle) on S.R. 279. Watch for the signs. The scenery from the terraces and benches high above the Colorado River is outstanding. The Shafer Trail switchbacks always thrill. Go in spring or fall. The road climbs above the river onto a bench below towering sandstone cliffs, buttes and mesas. Ahead is 5,715-foot Pyramid Butte. At mile 3.1 follow a fence line at Moab Salt Production & Packaging’s evaporation ponds. When you reach mile 5.3 drive through a gate, and in a half mile [N38°28.329' W109°41.846'] you will see a spur going left to Pyramid Butte. It goes around the butte to a spectacular bench high above the river.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

Dinosaur tracks, American Indian rock-art sites and an arch (Jug Handle) on S.R. 279. Watch for the signs. The scenery from the terraces and benches high above the Colorado River is outstanding. The Shafer Trail switchbacks always thrill. Go in spring or fall.

The road climbs above the river onto a bench below towering sandstone cliffs, buttes and mesas. Ahead is 5,715-foot Pyramid Butte. At mile 3.1 follow a fence line at Moab Salt Production & Packaging’s evaporation ponds. When you reach mile 5.3 drive through a gate, and in a half mile [N38°28.329' W109°41.846'] you will see a spur going left to Pyramid Butte. It goes around the butte to a spectacular bench high above the river.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 24
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Island In The Sky District; BLM, Moab Field Office; Moab / Green River Information Center
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 210 (Needles & Island In The Sky / Canyonlands National Park)
Driving Directions: Directions to Potash Road Drive

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